Chefs dish on their favorite fall ingredients

Telepan’s roasted cauliflower “has been on our menu every fall since we’ve opened,” says chef Bill Telepan.

Chef Ben Pollinger, Oceana
120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941

His pick: Pumpkin

Why he’s cooking with it: “There are so many types of pumpkin and squash, each with a different flavor, texture and color. They can be showcased as an individual variety or as a blend for an overall great pumpkin flavor. They’re visually stunning too, from orange to brown to red, green and blue.”

His inspiration: “I wanted to show off ways to serve pumpkin and celebrate this wonderful harbinger of autumn.”

Use it at home: To make a puree (to be used in pies or stirred into pasta or risotto):
1. Cut pumpkin in half from top to bottom.

2. Season the inside with salt and pepper.

3. Roast at 350, cut-side down on a rimmed baking tray, with just a little bit of water in the tray to create some steam.

4. Roast until a paring knife easily goes right through the flesh  (time will vary depending on the density and the size).

5. Let it cool, scoop the flesh off the skin and puree in a food processor.

Bill Telepan, Telepan
72 W. 69th St., 212-580-4300
His pick: Cauliflower

Why he’s cooking with it: “Cauliflower is a fall favorite in our house and in the restaurant. During the fall, purple, orange and Romanesco cauliflower show up at the green market and are so versatile; they are great with bacon, sauteed with garlic, cut into steaks or pureed.”

How he’s cooking with it:
“At the restaurant, we’ve been offering a cauliflower soup for the month of October, and are getting ready to transition to a Telepan classic: roasted cauliflower. It’s a dish with roasted cauliflower, pureed cauliflower, shell beans and fall greens with a hearty fall herb oil.”

Chef Billy Oliva, Delmonico’s
56 Beaver St., 212-509-1144
Delmonico’s Kitchen: 207 W. 36th St., 212-695-5220

His pick: Tuscan kale
Why he’s cooking with it: “I like cooking with Tuscan kale because it’s a very versatile, healthy green that can be used raw in salads or blanched and sauteed and used in pasta, soups, etc. I always gravitate toward ingredients that I can creatively use in different dishes.”

How he’s cooking with it:
“In Delmonico’s, we are using Tuscan kale as a sauteed side dish served alongside a veal chop with spaetzle and pancetta. In Delmonico’s Kitchen, which is opening on Nov. 7, we will be serving a Tuscan Kale Caesar salad as well as a bean stew.”

How you can cook with it:
“Tuscan kale is very easy to use at home. You can simply dress it with a Caesar dressing and fresh Parmesan cheese or saute it with garlic, lemon and sea salt for a side dish that will pair well with both meat and fish.”

Melissa Muller Daka, EOLO: Sicilia a Tavola
190 Seventh Ave.,
646-225-6606

Her pick:
Cucuzza
Cucu-what? “Cucuzza, pronounced ku-guu-zza, is a type of calabash [bottle gourd] that is popular in Southern Italy, especially in Sicily.”

On her menu:
Pasta with squash vines, garlic and tomato

How you can cook with it:
“[Cucuzza] has a mild flavor and retains a firm texture when cooked. Like zucchini, cucuzza can be sauteed, fried, baked, stuffed and added to soups. In certain parts of Sicily, cucuzza is also candied and used in some of the island’s most opulent desserts. [Try] poached eggs in stewed cucuzza, tomato, onion, garlic and mint.”

Maria Loi, Loi

208 W. 70th St.,
212-875-8600

Her pick: Krokos Kozanis (Greek saffron)

On her menu: Risotto with Krokos Kozanis

Why she’s using it: “Krokos Kozanis is known to have healing qualities and has been used as a remedy since ancient times in Greece. Our focus at Loi is producing delicious food that comes from pure ingredients, which contributes to the long-term well-being of our customers. Krokos Kozanis has been documented as an ingredient that can reinvigorate and strengthen the immune system. There are even appearances of Krokos Kozanis in Greek mythology.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Local

Best nature spots for kids in New York…

When it comes to kids and nature, most U.S. parents agree: children should be spending more time outdoors. According to a recent survey by The…

Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.